Sunday, June 28, 2015

We Are the Pharisees & Sanhedrin

For several years now I have watched with utter amazement as the Christian community has continuously moved into becoming today's modern equivalent of the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and Sanhedrin of Jesus' day. We are moving to enact civilian/societal laws in order to force those we view as unsaved to behave as we believe Christians should behave. These laws are akin to the Law of Moses which was the national/civil law for the nation of Israel as well as the religious law for the Jewish people.

First question I have is: why are we expecting those we consider to be unsaved to act as though they are saved? My second question is: why are we so worried about what others are doing? And my third, and final question is: Why are we so consumed with the matters of this world?

The unsaved will never behave the way the saints behave. Even we, the saints, don't always behave the way we should. Even we, the sanctified, sin and miss the mark. So why are we expecting those who are not a part of the church to behave as though they were? And why are we trying to force them to? This is not showing them the light, love, mercy and grace that God showed us through His Son, Jesus Christ!

Why do we worry so much about what others are doing, when we, ourselves, have not achieved perfection? There's not a single soul on this planet who will have to answer for the actions/behaviors/sins of another. Even our pastors and other leaders will not have to answer for the sins of the individual members of their fold! We demand that the world allow us the freedom of will to live our lives and worship the way we choose, yet we work so hard to take away the free will of others to live their lives and worship, or not worship, they way they choose!

Over the past few decades I have watched as the Christian community in America has become more and more political and consumed with the matters of this world. We want to enact laws and enforce rules on the rest of the population so that they will live according to our interpretation of the Holy Bible, and what we believe to be God's will. We are trying so desperately to create a utopian society on this planet, yet our hearts and minds should not be consumed by the things and ways of this world. The Bible tells us that we are to be consumed with the matters of eternity!

The biggest issue dividing the church at the present age is homosexuality and "gay rights" -- there's a large segment of the Christian population that believes we should never accept "gay rights" and that we should enact laws to prevent homosexuals from having rights or protections under the law of the land. There's another large segment who believe that homosexuals should be allowed to have their "gay rights" but we should disassociate from them and we musn't allow them to marry because marriage is between "one man and one woman." There's another segment of Christianity that accepts gays without judgment, welcoming them into their churches and congregations, leaving the matter of judgment up to Christ.

Even we, the church, cannot all agree on what should or shouldn't be done or allowed by the sinners of this world, so how are we then going to force laws to be enacted to control the behaviors of those sinners? We can't, and we shouldn't! We do not fight against flesh and blood, the Bible says, so why are we, the saints of God trying so hard to battle those who are flesh and blood?

On the issue of marriage, let me add that David was a man after God's own heart, yet David had hundreds of wives and concubines; though the Bible only names 8 of his wives. And Solomon had over 700 wives and 300 concubines. Yes, I've heard all the "explanations" that God didn't approve of these multiple wives or the concubines, but "allowed" them for whatever reason. Since when has God EVER allowed sin because man wanted to commit sin? God has NEVER stood for sin to be committed without consequences. Maybe those consequences will not be meted out until Judgment Day, however, and it is never our place to try to mete judgment on anyone for their sin!